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NBA 2K15 trailer dazzles with dunks, mascots, cheerleaders and Shaq

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

NBA 2K15's first full trailer, released today by publisher 2K Sports, travels around the NBA for a dizzying array of action on the court and off.

The trailer begins and closes with a glimpse of an in-studio pregame show, new for NBA 2K15, featuring host Ernie Johnson and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal of the NBA on TNT. Once the video shifts to the hardwood, you'll see other new elements like mascots for the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets. The crowd seems more lively than ever, shouting "three" as a shot from downtown arcs toward the basket. And cheerleaders come onto the court to keep the fans standing.

Today's two-minute trailer follows the first gameplay footage of NBA 2K15, which arrived in a 10-second clip on Kevin Durant's Instagram account earlier this month. Durant, the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player, is the game's cover athlete.

NBA 2K15 is set for release Oct. 7 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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